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Helping you care for your collections

Conservator Katie Wagner at the Book Conservation Lab.
Conservator Katie Wagner at the Book Conservation Lab.

April 21-27 is Preservation Week!  In honor of this event, we’ve featured preservation-related content on the Smithsonian Libraries’ blog as well as our other social media outlets, like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting a peek at preservation activities at the Smithsonian Libraries and beyond. Today we have few helpful links that might assist you in caring for your own  books and collections!

The first step to preserving your collection is knowing what you have.  “Documenting the Family Treasure Chest” , from our colleague at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, shows you how to keep a record of your precious heirlooms.

“The Preservation of Family Photographs” , a free webinar from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), guides you through best practices for keeping your treasured photos from deteriorating.

But what about digital? If you’re like us, your photos are more likely to end up in Facebook albums these days rather than the analog variety.  Another great Smithsonian Institution Archives blog post gives a few tips for organizing digital photos.

Of course, there’s much more on your computer than photos. Take this free webinar, another hosted by ALCTS, on “Personal Digital Archiving” to learn what to do with all those Word documents and videos.

Still have questions about preserving documents and books? See if you can find an answer in this archived Facebook Q&A Recap, hosted during Archives Month last year.

Be prepared to save your books and collections when disaster strikes with the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. Or take a look at the British Library guide to salvaging archives and library material.

Finally, when in doubt, use the “Find a Conservator” link at The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works!


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